Thursday, September 11, 2014

HUGE Kids Sale! #JBFPgh

It is that time again! SALE TIME!!!!  I know I recently posted about it being sale time HERE!  But Just Between Friends Pittsburgh is doing it all over again next week because the only thing better than having a Huge Fall Kids Sale, is having TWO Fall Kids Sales!!!
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It is no secret around here that I love, shop, sell and heavily promote these sales, but I will let you in on a little secret…the fall sale is my absolute favorite to shop!! And what better place to shop than a football field size dome to shop in?? The turf is covered from end to end with deals galore. Each year this sale grows bigger and bigger.  This year there are over 650 consignors and over 100,000 items up for grabs! WOW!
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I have been shopping these sales since Victoria was 9 months old and if I calculated out the savings I am sure I would be in the thousands by now.  You cannot beat 50-90% off retail items! Some of my girls’ most favorite clothing items have come from this sale. I think it will be a sad day once my kiddos are too old to be shopped for at this sale, but that is many, many years away, so in the meantime I will be shopping smart!
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GIVEAWAY ALERT! I am also going to provide YOU with another opportunity to shop the Presale with a friend by giving away a set of Presale Passes, see details below!  There will also be another opportunity tomorrow on the JBF facebook page, be sure to enter!!
I will also be hosting a “Fall into Savings” Twitter Party on Thursday Sept. 18th at 8pm.  We will be tweeting live from the presale, sharing pictures, deals, shopping tips, fun info and giving away JBF giftcards!  I would love for you to RSVP here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1VBK-NSzXrUGL5ypLWcl-QeYpGAHOyQVbwBPTAUFkRWA/viewform
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Here are the details about the upcoming sale:
When: September 19th – 21st (Sept. 18th is the Presale shopping day, a $10 Prime time shopping pass can be purchased or you can shop for free if you meet the criteria for one of the special groups listed on the JBF website )
Where: RMU Island Sports Center on Neville Island   7600 Grand Ave. Pittsburgh, PA 15225
When: Friday, Sept. 19th 9am – 9pm, Saturday 8am – 5pm and Sunday (50% off day) 8am –5pm
What: Gently used items from maternity, infant, children to teens, including furniture, toys, baby equipment, clothing, accessories, books and more!
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NEW this fall…JBF Pittsburgh North is teaming up with Beverly’s Birthdays, a non profit organization dedicated making sure all homeless children in the Pittsburgh area have a birthday celebration!!  You can help out by making a donation of one or more of the following items:
*cake mix, icing, candles, Birthday or solid color tableware (napkins, tablecloth, cutlery), movie theatre sized candy

I have so much fun promoting, shopping and volunteering at these sales! This is my last opportunity to do it up BIG before I head back to work in January! 

So bring your laundry baskets, your lists, comfy shoes, bargain hunting eyes and lots of patience and we will see YOU at the sale!!  #IloveJBF

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Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Living the Lake Life

At the end of July, while home in NY, we went to Keuka Lake to visit my aunt, uncle and cousin.  They have a beautiful house right on the lake and the view is pretty awesome.  We try to see them for a visit every summer.  Victoria loves going for boat rides and this year she stepped it up a notch by going tubing with daddy!!

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Before heading out on the boat, Victoria and Amelia did some swimming with grandpa, daddy, Aunt Debbie cousin Laura.

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Victoria was so excited to go on a boat ride and this would be Amelia’s very first boat ride!  I wasn’t sure how Victoria would do with the whole tubing thing, but she climbed right on with her daddy and was loving it.  She was hanging on for way longer than I expected.  There was even a point where I think she almost fell asleep on the tube!

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After the boat ride we ate dinner outside and then left for our long car ride back to Pennsylvania. It was beautiful day at the lake! 

Monday, September 8, 2014

Amelia 7 & 8 Months

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Amelia’s 8 month chair picture

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I’ve been majorly slacking on this blog, but it has been a busy few weeks as we finished our first Just Between Friends Sale and are now gearing up for another sale next week, it does not leave a lot of time for blogging.  I still have so much more to share about our summer, I am afraid I won’t get to it all before Christmas. Ha.

Amelia’s 7th month has been a lot like her 8th month, another reason to combine the posts.  I absolutely love this phase of babyhood.  It is not easier, especially with this speedy crawler, but babies are so much more engaging that this stage in the game, you can really start to see their little personality peek through, I just love it!

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Stats: We do not go back to the doctor until mid October, she was 17.5 lbs at 6 months, so I would guess she is around 19 lbs now, but really have no idea, which I guess is a good thing because that means we haven’t been to the doctor’s for any illnesses.  The teeth count has more than doubled since her 6 month post. This little girl has SEVEN teeth in her mouth, 4 on the top and 3 on the bottom.  She is definitely following her sister with the rapid teeth development and thankfully for us (and her) it has been a pretty painless process. *knock on wood*  She has upped her crawling speed over the past few days, literally taking her seconds to get from one side of the room to the other.

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Feeding: She is eating 3 meals of baby food a day, continuing to like everything she has been given, we can only hope that her love for food continues because Victoria remains The World’s Pickiest Eater. But her love for food has put us in some close calls, as she will try to eat any food of Victoria’s she can get her hands on and we have had to fish it out of her mouth. We recently did a review for the ChooMee Sip'n Soft Top for food pouches and it really has been life changing.  She can independently feed herself a food pouch without the mess.  She also continues to feed herself bottles, which has been a huge help.  She has tried a few soft foods like bananas, noodles, bread, soft pretzels, etc.

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Favorites: The Jumperoo was a favorite at 6m, but has been packed away in the attic now, she is done with that thing. She loves, loves, her walker (the type she sits in), she can zoom around the house after Victoria in that thing.  It is so cute to watch them “race” as Victoria rides along side her on her bike.  We are now using the activity table with the legs on because she can pull herself up on just about anything.  She hasn’t quiet gotten the hang of her walker (the type she pushes) but I did snag a quick video of her walking along with it once.  She continues to love being outside, either swinging or going for walks.  She has finally decided that she likes to crawl around in the grass, which is okay as long as she has a binky in her mouth to prevent handfuls of grass going in her mouth.

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Sisterhood:  These two are so much fun to watch.  Victoria really wants to play with her and I think Amelia really wants to play with Victoria too, but she just doesn’t know how yet.  Amelia does know how to crawl one top of her sister to get her attention.  Amelia’s face lights up when we pick up Victoria from school, she doesn’t even have to see her, she just hears her talking and instantly smiles.  Amelia might be following in Victoria’s footsteps with mobility, but her personality continues to be very laid back. 

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Social:  We are keeping busy with playdates and outings. Amelia attended 5 birthday parties in the past two months! Amelia met her Great Aunt Sue and Uncle Guy from AZ last week.  She continues to repeat saying Ma Ma Ma way more than Da Da Da, which is okay with me, ha.  She has recently been practicing her wave, a few more days and she might just have it down. She met her friends at the water steps in downtown Pittsburgh for some fun too. 

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Events: We went on another trip to NY for cousin Bryan’s 1st birthday, Amelia went on her first boat ride when we visited my aunt, uncle and cousin at Keuka Lake, she attended her first bike parade and neighborhood picnic, and cheered on the Steelers for her first football game of the season.  She also attended 3 Pirates games in the past 2 months!  She is looking forward to her Baptism coming up next month!!

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